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"WE MUST PREPARE FOR 
AN INVASION FROM MARS!" 




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GRAVEYARD OF THE ROCKET EERS 



THEN IT IS SOMEWHERE ON THl SPACE --^W MINING EQUIPMENT FOR vr N yS. 
LANES BETWEEN EARTH AND VENUS, ARGo7\ CAPTAIN ROCKET/ WITHOUT IT THE 
THAT THESE CARGO CRUISERS ARE MISSING? ) VENUSIANS CANNOT EXTRACT EARTH'S 



JUST WHAT WAS 
THEIR CARGO? 




fuel, atolene, from their jungles 
earth must know what has happened 
to those twelve missing cargo 
space ships / listen;. . 



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Alan campbell, better known as 
captain rocket, with his vast store- 
house of scientific and technical 
knowledge, is the last hope of earths 
governing councils when things go 
wrong. he stands ready at all times 
to defend and protect earth against 

any threat. but even he was baffled 
when space cruisers, bearing vital 
freight, disappeared into the eternal 
twilight of the stratosphere . and 
now he and his beautiful assistant, 

argo, feverishly attempt to solve 
the mysteries locked deep in. . . the 
graveyard of the rocketeers / 



IT'S HOPELESS, CAPTAIN ROCKET/ 
WE'VE TRIED VITA-PLASMA, SHOCK 

RAYS, PROBOSCOPE.AND DIFFER- 
ENTIAL ELECTRO-BATH/ EVERY 

MUSCLE IS COMPLETELY 

PARALYZED / SBBfJ^^" 



LOOK AT HIM/ 
THAT FACE •— 
ALMOST AS IF H£'3 
STRUGGLING TO 
TRY TO TELL US 
SOMETHING/ 




MINTED IN CANADA 



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YES, CAPTAIN, BUT NOT A SOUND 
COMES OUTf HE MUST FEEL 
HORRIBLE, SINCE HIS BRAIN IS 
QUITE ACTIVE/ THAT WAS 
NOT AFFECTED 




UNCOVER THAT THOUGHT- PROJECTO \ WHAT IS YOUR 
SCREEN AND BRING THE ELECTRONIC/ PLAN, CAPTAIN- - 
BRAIN FROM VAULT SIX/ HURRY, ^SURELY YOU CAN'T 
HURRY — TIME IS IMPORTANT// SECURE INFORMA- 
TION FROM A HOPE- 
LESSLY PARALYZED 
NAVIGATOR ? 




REMEMBER THAT NEW EXPERIMENT 
OF MINE, ARGO? I'VE GOT TO TRY 
IT. SINCE THE LIVE BRAIN CELLS 
HAVE NOT BEEN AFFECTED BY THE 
PARA-RAYS, THEY CAN CARRY 
THOUGHT IMPULSES THROUGH 
THIS RETRO -VISION HIGH 
FREQUENCY/ 



YOU MEAN YOU 
ACTUALLY WANT 
TO USE IT ON THIS 
MAN'S THOUGHTS? 
SUPPOSE IT FAILS, 
CAPTAIN. THE SHOCK 
MAY KILL HIM / 



IT WORKED BEFORE, ARGO- 
WITH CONTROLLED SUB- 
JECTS. THIS CASE MAY 
PROVE MORE DIFFICULT, 

BUT WE'VE GOT TO TAKE 
THAT CHANCE / 

I ONLY 
HOPE WE CAN SEE THEj 
ACTUAL VISION OF HIS 
.THOUGHTS THROUGH 
HESE MICRO- 
WAVE 



LOOK, ARGO- HIS THOUGHTS, 
COMING CLEARER ON THE 
SCREEN... WHY, I T'S A GAM^ fl 

BLING D,V E/ GREAT ZEUS/ 
OF SOME /ifs WORKING, 

sort/ Captain/ wait, i 
know that place — 
the jet trailers cafe/ 
most of the space 
^ n cargo pilots flock 

THERE/ 



WONDERFUL, CAPTAIN/ YOUR 
MACHINE IS DRAWING THE 
VICTIM'S PAST AND REFLECT 
ING IT UPON THAT SCREEN/ 
RUT WHERE DOES THAT 

LEAVE US ? 




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PILOT -TO- NAVIGATOR - - GIVE / NAVIGATOR- TO- PILOT - 
ME A BEARING ON COURSE / \ COURSE AT X ZENITH, 
THIS STUFF HAS GOT TOy AZIMUTH 2YZ...F 
GET THROUGH TO . — * TANGENT, OFF COURSE 
VENUS/ ^^^ HIGH METEORITC 

PRESSURES 




STRANGE/ THAT COURSE BEARING WASN'T... OH, I 
FEEL QUEER, EVERYTHING GOING AROUND, REELING / 
WAIT SOMETHING IS HAPPENING / THE SHIP IS 




FORWARD HULL TO PILOT/ J IMPOSSIBLE/ THAT'S 
THERE'S A HUGE VORTEX /THE SARGASSO/ A WHIRL- 
POOL OF COMETS AND 
METEORS / I MUST CONTACT 
THE NAVIGATOR— WE'RE TEN 
THOUSAND KILOSECS OFF 
COURSE / 



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IN OUR PATH, PULLING 
US TOWARD IT WITH 
SOME SORT OF RAYS/ 
OVER/ 



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BUT SUDDENLY... 



CONTROL/ I... OHH/ 
ME ... BUT I'LL GET FREE 
SLED. I... 



THE SHIPS 
OUT OF 
SHOCK—HIT 

IN THIS 




THAT'S ODD, ARGO, EVERY J PERHAPS A 
ASTRONAVIGATOR KNOWS /PRESSURE AREA 
THE SARGASSO OF THE / HAS SHIFTED. 



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VOID/ YET, HOW IN 
THE WORLD COULD 
THAT CRUISER GO 
SO FAR OFF 
COURSE? 



CAPTAIN— OR THERE 
MAY BE SOME FORCE 
PULLING THE SHIPS 

OFF COURSE / 




NO , ARGO-- OUR ANSWER 
ISN'T IN THEORIZING 
ABOUT NAVIGATION. WEVEl 
GOT TO DO SOMETHING 
DEFINITE, AND I THINK 
1 HAVE AN IDEA THAT 
MAY WORK. NOW LISTEN 

CAREFULLY 




Later, at the jet trailers cafe, the assort- 
ed SPECIMENS OF SPACEMEN HAVE GATHERED 
AT THE GAMING TABLES—AND NOW AS THE RADI- 
ONIC GAMBLING DEVICES CLICK AND WHIRR... 



YES, AS A MATTER OF FACT, I DO/ AND SINCE MY 
SHIP IS DUE TO TAKE OFF SOON, WE'LL MAKE IT A 
FAST PLAY, M'AM/ THERE, A THOUSAND DOLEN 
SAYS I'M LUCKY/ 




BEAT YUH, THREE STRAIGHT, J I NEVER QUIT 

M'AM/ YOU WANT TO GO ; ^VHEN THINGS GROW A 

UTTLE HOT, STRANGER/ I 
HAVE NO MORE CASH, BUT* I 

HAVE SOMETHING BETTER. 




TOO BAD/ I LOSE MY FAVORITE ) I'VE WON THIS 
GEM / BUT THAT'S GAMBLING, /PRETTY TIIIN6 ? 

IT'S TOO GOOD TO 
BE TRUE / 




Later.., 

DID EVERY- 
THING GO 
ALL RIGHT, 
CAPTAIN 



WHAT ARE YOU j YES, AND ACLOS 
OOING NOW? ,/ ER LOOK AT IT 
WMV-I-TS I THROUGH THE ATO- 
THE FIREy MICROSCOPE SHOULD 
6EM / ) TELL ME A FEW THINGS 
ALSO. BY JUPITER, IT 
SHINES WITH A BRIL- 
\LIANCE I'VE NEVER 




Then the powerful lens 
of captain rocket's micro- 
scope reveals glaring, 
flashing fires of unknown 
origin... strange hypnotic 
lights that fascinate from 
behind a veil of mists. . . 




Later, deep in the heart of the space vortex 
—the hideout of zondra in sargasso. . , 



00 YOU THINK THAT SPACE \ I'M SURE OF IT, JAVOS / 
FREIGHTER LUNA GLOW ] PREPARE THE GRAPPLE 
WILL BE ALONG SHORTLY, / RAYS, WHILE I ATTEND 

) MY HYPNO-REFLECTOR 



PAH/ THAT BEARDED FOOL / THEY ALL DO/ WE NEED 
PLAYED RIGHT INTO OUR/THAT EQUIPMENT TO MINE 

LITTLE GAME, EH? ^/^THE ATOLENE OURSELVES 

AND LET THE EARTH COUNCILS 

GO HANG / 





YES, WITH THIS HAUL FROM THE LUNA GLOW, WE CAN 
REALLY START OPERATING/ WE'LL HAVE THOSE 
EARTHLING'S BEGGING US FOR THE VITAL FUEL. OKAY, 
BOYS, REFLECTO-BEAM Org... 




^EANWHILE.AT CAPTAIN ROCKETS JET-LAUNCH 



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I'M TAKING A LONG CHANCE, ARGO-- T YES, CAPTAIN / 
BUT SOMETHING TELLS ME MY CAL- ) BUT SUPPOSE 
CULATIONS ARE CORRECT. NOW, j YOUR THEORY 
YOU FOLLOWED MY INSTRUCTIONS J ABOUT SARGASSO 

IS NOT CORRECT/ 



ARGO, NO ONE QUESTIONS MY 
CALCULATIONS / I MAY BE RIGHT OR 
I MAY BE WRONG- -BUT I'M GOING 
THROUGH WITH THIS PLAN OF 



FOOLHARDY BRAVERY, 
CAPTAIN—YET I ADMIRE 
YOU FOR IT/ BUT CAN'T 
I GO WITH YOU- -AS A 
SORT OF PROTECTION? 




NO, ARGO, I CAN'T ENDANGER 
YOUR LIFE, TOO/ IF I SUC- 
CEED, EARTH SHALL CONTINUE 
TO GET NEEDED ATOLENE. IF 

I FAIL, I'LL BE LOST—SOME- 
WHERE IN THE SARGASSO OF 
SPACE/ FAREWELL/ 





Then, the tail jets spew flame 
and thunder, as captain rocket 
zooms off into space on amis- 
sion that spells life or death 
for earth/ 9 



Soon... miles above earth... 



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NOW 1 SHOULD 8E ABOUT WHERE THE OTHER 
FREIGHTER WAS, WHEN THEY GOT OFF COURSE. LET 
UE SEE, X ZENITH, AZIMUTH 2YZ.. .WAIT— METEOR 
PRESSURES COMIN6 IN STRONG. . . 






NOW FOR THE PAYOFF... THERE, I'VE BROUGHT 
THE FIRE-GEM INTO MY RANGE OF SIGHT. WAIT, 
WHAT IN THE NAME OF LUNA IS THIS 7 



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THE MISTS--TH-THEY'VE DISAPPEARED/ ONLY THE 
LIGHT, THE 8RILLIANT FLASHING LIGHT AND ... WAIT, 
SOMETHING 15 FORMING IN THE CENTER OF 



AHOY, NAVIGATOR 0. r THE LUNA GLOW. .. THIS IS 
ZONDRA.. .YOU REMEMBER ME... YOU WON THIS 
FROM ME AT THE JET TRAILERS/ LISTEN CARE- 
FULLY—YOU WILL CHANGE COURSE TO ONE I 
GIVE YOU.. .YOU WILL FOLLOW MY ORDERS 
WITHOUT QUESTION... 




.CHANGE COORDINATES TO 3Y9-- 
TANGENT 4F.. . THE VORTEX PRES- 
SURES OF SARGASSO WILL NOT 
AFFECT YOU. YOUR SHIP WILL 

COME 



IT IS DONE / THE 

LUNA GLOW IS AS 
GOOD AS OURS / WELL, SPACE RATS 
--HOW DO YOU LIKE ZONDRA NOW. 
MORE FISH FOR 
YOUR CAGE / 



YOU'RE A DEVIL. 
ZONDRA/ LET US GO, 
WHY KEEP US HERE 
IN THIS RAY PRISON/ 
WE'VE NEVER DONE 
ANYTHING TO YOU / 




ZONDRA/ THE SlGNO-IMPULSORS 
FLASHING--OUR RADARSCOPE HAS 
CONTACTEO THE LUNA GLOW/ IT 
SHOULD BE HERE 

IN A FEW 




Soon, captain rocket's space ship is caught 
th the flux and flow of the whirling 

VORTEX . . 




Instantly, grapple rays flash out of the 
astro -gloom and encircle the ship- pull- 
ing it down... down.., 





LOOK.ZONDRA--WEVE 
BROUGHT 'ER DOWN/ 
GREAT SATURN/ THAT FIRE- 
GEM OF YOURS IS WONDERFUL/ 



ANO PROFITABLE, 

TOO/ USE THE 
MECHO-ARMS TO 
BRING IT IN / 




Then, as steel ite arms grab the 1 space r 

SET IT IN THE BERTH, MEN/ THE LUNA GLOW, ALL 
RIGHT-- AND I'LL BET SHE'S LOADED WITH 
MINING MACHINERY/ 




AND IT'S ALL OURS/ WITH THIS HAUL, 

MEN-- WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN TERMS 

WITH EARTH/ THEY'LL PAY WELL ! 

FOR THE ATOLENE WE'LL GET ON 

VENUS/ 




STAND BACK.ZONDRA-- THIS ELEC 
TRO-CROW BAR IS SNAPPING THE 
HATCH, AND... 




And suddenly... 



THAT FIGURE—IT- IT'S CAPTAIN 
ROCKET / BLAST HIM DOWN / 




THE SURPRISE IS OVER. I'D 
BETTER WORK FAST, BEFORE 
ONE OF THOSE BLAST RAYS 
SWATS ME UKE A MOSQUITO I 




AND SOON...[ uai MfcR YQUR STUFF, 

men--we'll take 

we're free /i every available 
captak f space ship and 

rocket hasj load them with the 
freed \i%{ stolen mnw6 machine- 

from / ry7 a couple of you 

zondra/ i get those space pirates 
into the brig/ earth 
will enjoy trying 

THEM / 



HEN, FOLLOWING CAPTAIN 
ROCKET'S COMMANDS THE 

GRATEFUL SPACEMEN LOAD ON 

THE EQUIPMENT AND THE PIRATE 

GANG, AND AFTER A QUICK STUDY 

OF THE ROUTE OUT OF THE SAR- 

GASSO.THE STRANGE FLEET 

TAKES OFF, .. AND SOON... 




BRAKE FLAPS OUT- 
NORMAL GLIDE... CUT 
POWER-WE'RE 
NEARING EARTH NOW. 
WE'LL HEAD IN FOR 

MY OWN i.AND'N.-, 



AYE, AYE, 

CAPTAIN 
ROCKET/ I'VE r 

ALREADY CON- 
TACTED ARGO. 
SHE'LL MEET 
US THERE/ 



Soon, back in captain 
rocket's laboratory... 




"Y * 

YOU WERE RIGHT/) YOU FORGET THAT 
BUT HOW DID /ANTI-HYPNO BAND 
YOU MANAGE/ I DEVELOPED, ARGO/ 
NOT TO FALL | SHE HAD NO 1NFLU- 
UNDER HER / ENCE OVER ME WHAT- 

SPELL 1 , / SOEVER / THAT PLUS A 
CAPTAIN? / POWER CHUTE AND 

THE CYLINDERS YOU FILL- 
ED WITH PARA-6AS FOR ME... 
THOSE THINGS DEFEATED 
ZONDRA OP 3AROA330 ' 




MONSTEROIDS OF THE UNDERWORLD 



Alan campbell, otherwise known 
as captain "rocket", dedicated his 
life to the development of super- 
scientific knowledge that would 
protect earth from the unknown 
forces of the vast universe. again 
and again, he had repelled those 
who tried to destroy this most 
powerful planet of the solar sys- 
tem, yet even he, electronic ge- 
nius of the age . was baffled by 
the monsteroids of the 
underworld / 




ITS THE STRANGEST THING, ARGO-- THEY STARTED 

WHIRLING UP OUT OF THE BOG IN THE SWAMP AREA. ..A 
SORT OF LIQUEFIED EARTH, AND . . . WHAT'S WRONG? 



IYhEN, SUDDENLY... 



BLACK BUBBLES/ AND 
THEY'RE DESCENDING DIRECTLY 
ON THE CITY/ WHAT 00 YOU 

THINK IT IS, CAPTAIN 
ROCKET ? 




I JUST CAN'T 
FATHOM IT.AR60- 
BUT COME, WE'LL 
GO BELOW TO THE 
LAB , MAKE OUR PRE- 
LIMINARY TESTS AND 
WAIT FOR RESULTS/ 



One minute the carefree people are 
hurrying to and fro in land cars, moving 
sidewalks and public overheads; then. 
the next— the first tin6e of terror 

IS FELT, AS ■ ■ . f 



THESE 
MOVING WALKS ARE SO SLOW/ 
NEXT TIME I'LL TAKE THE 
OVERHEAD AND. .. SAY, LOOK 
—THOSE STRANGE BUBBLES/ 



WHY, THEY RE 
FALLING RIGHT 
IN AMONGST US/ 
WHAT COULD 
THEY BE ? 






THEY'RE BLACK. 
AND WAIT- THEY'RE 

STARTING TO BREAK/ 




M eanwhile, at the edqe of the swamp. . . 

ah.gorgo--the bubbles have reached the city 
and are creating their first effects, sire / 

SHALL WE RETURN 



BELOW/ 






NOT YET/ I HAVE 

ANOTHER JOB TO DO, 

VAGA/ 



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I Seconds later, monsteroids. 

ONCE HUMAN, RUN BESERK IN THE 

STREETS. ..SMASHING, SCREAMING, 
STAMPEDING. . * 




TO VISIT THE UPPER CRUST OF 
EARTH WITHOUT LEAVING OUR 
CALLING CARD IS NOT THE WAY 
G0R6O OPERATES/ HAVE YOU 
CONTACTED THE 

EARTHLING 




GREETINGS TO EARTH FROM 
GORGO/ HO, YOU HAVE SEEN 

WHAT IS HAPPENING 

IN YOUR CITY STREETS, f y£s - 
*. EARTHLING 7 , — yJ£ HAVE ' 

SEEN/ IT IS 
HORRIBLE... WHO, 
IN THE NAME OF THE 
UNIVERSE, ARE YOU? 

WHAT IS THIS DEVIL- 
ISH THING YOU ARE 
DOING ? 



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IAS, AT SECURITY COUNCIL HO. . . 



WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN IS JUST A TASTE OF THE HEAL 

TMINO TO COME. LmMImmi.03/ CALL IT DEVILISH, OK 

WHAT YOU WILL-- IT IS THE REVENGE OF CONGO/ 

REMEMBER WELL THE NAME / ^ 



EVEN OUR POLICE FORCES 
CAN NOT HOLD l mlm / 
They've BECOME 




WE'D bETTER CONTACT 
CAPTAIN "ROCKET - 

IMMEDIATELY/ HC MAY 

KNOW THIS GOR60, AND 
WHERE HE COMES FROM / 
KLY, BEFORE THE* 




Instantly, the televon communications 
are buzzing with activity... 



* CALLING CAPTAIN "ROCKET"/ CAPTAIN 
"ROCKET"/ COME IN, CAPTAIN "ROCKET - .. . 
220... 2Z0. ..EMERGENCY TO CAPTAIN 
"ROCKET"/ WAIT, I'M RAISING HIM NOW/ 




As, AT CAPTAIN 'ROCKET'S' LABORATORY. . . 

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0RARGO--OUICKLY...IS 
CAPTAIN "ROCKET" THERE? HAS 
HE SEEN WHAT IS HAPPENING ? 
THOSE BLACK BUBBLES ...CAUSED 
BY SOMEONE NAMED 
GORGO... CHANGING 

PEOPLE INTO < KNEW some- 
K MONST EWOIDS/^ JH , NC WAS 

^ V ' ' WRONG , BUT WE 

DION'T KNOW WHAT. 
'LL TELL HIM AT 
ONCE . 





60RG0/ YES, I'VE HEARD OF 
HIM. AS I RECALL- -HE WAS THE 
LEADER OF A RACE OF PEOPLE 
WHO LIVE BENEATH THE EARTHS 
CRUST. BUT I'LL HAVE TO 
REFRESH MYSELF ON HIM , SO 
PREPARE THE VIZO-REFERENCE 
MACHINE/. 




Instantly, his assistant, argo goes tothe 
great reference vault removes the 
electron -memory tubes and places 
them in the vizo-recorder, while capt. 

"ROCKET'SEATS himself in the receiving 

CHAIR... 

YES, CAPTAIN, I'M 
STARTING WITH TUBE iA, 
WHICH WILL TAKE YOU 
BACK TO ABOUT 1962/ 
HERE WE GO / 



ALL RIGHT, ARGO--VIZO 
HELMET ON, RECIEVER 
READY-. .SWITCH IT ON / 




Then as words and pictures flash into 
captain 'rocket's' mind. . . 



SO, G0R60-- YOU'VE 
DROPPED YOUR LAST 
ATOMIC BOMB ON 
NEW YORK / 




'OORGO'S WORDS WERE TRUE, FOR WHILE HE 
AND HIS MEN WERE LED TO THEIR EXECUTION...' 



NO, I SHALL NEVER DIE/ 
AND ONE OAY I SHALL AVENGE 
THIS THING/ FLEE MEN, FLEE 
TO THE SWAMP/ THEY CAN 
NOT CATCH US THERE/ 




"GORGO AND HIS KILLERS FOUND REFUGE IN 

THE SWAMPS WITH OTHER SLIMY CREATURES 
OF THE MUD, AND GRADUALLY THEY WORKED 
THEIR WAY BENEATH THE SURFACE OOZE AND 
ESTABLISHED A WORLD BELOW-- A WORLD 
OF TREACHEROUS, POISONOUS GASSES..." 




"But gorgo was clever, and 

soon he found a way to 
force the gasses back into 
subterranean crevices, 
an d finally..." | 

— ^— — -* excellent 
men/ that lock and steel wall 
will hold back - 

dred thousand j we shall have 

slaves to guard 
them well/ for 
one day we shall need 
it to ascend to the 
earths surface/ 




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THAT S IT, ARGO/ X THOUGHT I 
REMEMBEREO THAT NAME- -GORGO/ 
I HAVE IT ALL NOW/ THE GASSES 
MUST HAVE KEPT hIM ALIVE ALL 
, THESE EONS, AND NOW HE 
PLANS HIS REVENGE J 



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I'M GOING TO TRY THIS NEW IN- 
VENTION OF MINE, SO PUT ON 
ASBESTOS CLOTHES, ARGO/ OPEN 
THE HATCH FOR THE ELEVATOR 

TO OUR SUB-LAB p 

ON LEVEL 3Z...V yESiCApTA1N , 

X CHECKED THE 
TERRAN BORER TWO 
WEEKS AGO/ IT'S IN 

GOOD SHAPE / ,~ 




Meanwhile, at the edge of the swamp area 
the strange-looking spider car waddles 
over the soft ooze toward a steelite 
turret- its death rays sweeping the 
r egion for earthlings. .. 

COME, VAGA.LET US RETURN 
TO THE PROTECTO-TURRET ANO 
DESCEND TO OUR WORLD BELOW 
THE SURFAI 

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IF NOT, WE HAVE MORE BUBBLES AND MORE GAS 
WITH WHICH TO PERSUADE THEM. WE SHALL RETURN 
TO THE SURFACE AGAIN SOON. , . BUT LOOK , WE ARE 
NTERING THE TURRET RAMP NOW / 




Soon, the great protecto- turret starts 
its descent... sinking into the soft, oozy 
muck of the swamp.., 




MEANWHILE, AT CAPTAIN •ROCKET'S" SUB 
LABORATORY. . . f 

MEN.ARGO-- 
HERE WE ARE, CAPTAIN- -BUT TELL] MEN WITH AN 
ME, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO j EVIL PURPOSE / 
FIND BENEATH THE EARTH'S S AND OUR JOB IS ' 



BUT WILL WE BE ABLE TO SURVIVE 
THOSE TERRIFIC PRESSURES AND 
GASHES, CAPTAIN? THE EXCESSIVE 
HEAT AND... 

- WE CAN ONLY HOPE 
MY CALCULATIONS ARE 
CORRECT, ARGO/ WE 
MUST HAVE IMPLICIT 
FAITH IN THAT/ COME, 
LET US GET IN 
ANO GET STARTED/ 




Soon... 



DECLINATOR SWITCH 
ON, HEAT STATS AND 

THERMO CONTROL 
READY.. START THE 
ACTIVATOR LEVER 
ARGO/ 




ON, 
CAPTAIN/ 

SCREW AIM 

ZERO-ZERO 

DEGREES/ 

LISTEN, 

THAT 

RUMBLING- 

WE'RE OFf/ 



: HEN, SLOWLY, THE WORM-LIKE 

BORER STARTS ON ITS LONG 
JOURNEY DOWN --DIGGING DEEP- 
ER AND DEEPER THROUGH THE 
OUTER CRUSTS OF EARTH / 




h" 



OURS LATER, THE BORER IS PRESSING 
DEEPER TOWARD ITS MYSTERIOUS DEST1NA- 
TION—ON THROUGH CLAY AND ROCK . . . 



ILL THROW ON 
THE. SUB-COOLING SYSTEM, 
CAPTAIN/ LOOK THESE 
INDICATOR DIALS ARE 
SPINNING CRAZILY / 




CUT JETS . THEN OPEN THE 
PORT HATCH. WE'RE THERE, 
ARGO./ KEEP YOUR HELMET 
ON TICHT AND YOUR ASBES- 
TOS SUIT CLOSED / 



HATCH OPEN, SIR/ 
I'LL GET THE COLO 
RAY TO PROTECT US 

FROM THE HEAT/ 




GRAVITY IS ALMOST POINT ONE ON, CAPTAIN/ i'vt 

HUNDRED, ARGO/ WE SHOULD BE I CUT SCREW REV TO 
HITTING OUR DESTINATION AT/ HALF SPEED, AND.. 
ANY MOMENT NOW/ DEACCLIVA- J WAIT/ Vt : Hi BREAM 

TOR ON/ 





THIS B THE 6AS LOCK THEY BUILT 
TO HOLD BACK THE VAPORS/ BUT 
IT MUST BE CONTROLLED FROM A 
CENTRAL HEADQUARTERS/ 




IF ONLY WE COULD OPEN 
IT NOW AND BE OFF. ..THAT 
WOULD SETTLE EVERY- 
THING/ CAPTAIN, 

LISTEN --SOMEONE 
COMING THIS 




MONSTEROIDS/ 

MY BLASTER WILL 
ZAP THEM BACK 
INTO THE 
DARKNESS 
THEY'VE 
COME 
FROM/ 




NO, CAPTAIN/ 
IT HAS NO 
EFFECT ON 
THEM AT ALL/ 
WERE DOOMED/ 



Then, with unleashed fu ry. 

it's no use, argo/ \ aaargh/ 
they are too many/ i bring these 

DON'T FI6HT 1/ INTRUDERS 

T H ( M / ^^k TO OUR HIGH 

MASTER, 

6OR00I 




WIFTLY, CAPTAIN ROCKET AND OR. ARGO ARE 
URRIED THROUGH THE UNDERWORLD GLOOM, 
THEN LATER IN THE CHAMBERS OF THE HIGH 
ASTER... 



HO, MIGHTY NONE OF YOUR FANCY 

MASTER, WE CAUGHT THESE J STUFF, GORGO/ I KNOW 
EARTHLINGS AT THE GAS J YOU AND WHAT YOU'RE 

LOCK / j -^ UP TO. YOU'LL NEVER 

tttT AWAY Wl 




YES, AND I KNOW YOU, ONLY. TOO WELL, CAPTAIN 
•ROCKET*/ BUT BEFORE PROCESSING YOU INTO ONE 
OF OUR MON9TEROIO SLAVES, I SHALL SHOW 
YOU HOW WE WORK / 



JTHEN...1 



MOST INTERESTING, 

CAPTAIN--FIRST THE MEN AND 
WOMEN ARE CAPTURED; THEN 
BROUGHT TO THIS CHAMBER AND 
PROCESSED AS YOU SEE. THE 
BUBBLES, FILLED WITH A 

CERTAIN GAS, DOES THE 
TRICK/ 



YES, I 

KNOW THAT/ 

YOU KIDNAP 

MEN FROM THE 

DEEP-EARTH 

MINES AND CHANGE 

THEM INTO YOUR 
MONSTEROID 

SLAVES/ 





YOU SHALL WITNESS YOUR OWN 
ASSISTANT BEING PROCESSED 

FROM A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN INTC 
ONE OF MY HORROR- SLAVES/ 
GUARDS, TAKE 




ARGGH/ 

WH-WHAT IS 
HAPPENING? 



CAPTAIN-ROCKET- 
DISAPPEARING 
BEFORE OUR EYES/ 
SEIZE HIM/ 




Then, a loud electric buz- 
zing SOUND AND ONLY EMPTY 
AIR WHERE CAPTAIN ROCKET 

ONCE STOOD.. , 



DISAPPEARED/ 





LOOK, THE GAS-LOCK CONTROL 
WHEEL tS OPENING. . . THE GAS/ 
WE'LL DIE, DIE... 



Instantly, argo is seized by an unseen 
force, whirling into the outer caves, as... 




NO, ARGO/ OUR 
HELMETS ARE 6AS- ^ 
PROOF. I MADE SURE OF 
THAT. COME. WE MUST GET 
TO THE BORER/ 




Later, as the borer ap- 
proaches THE EARTH'S 



SURFACE . . . f 



WHEW/ A 
CLOSE CALL, CAPTAIN/ IT'S 
GOOD TO SEE YOU MATERIALIZED 
AGAIN/ BUT THAT BELT YOU 
INVENTED CERTAINLY WAS 
HANDY / 



» CAPTAIN 'ROCKET 
REPORTING, SIR/ MY ASSISTANT AND 
1 DESCENDED TO THE LEVEL OF THE 
UNDERWORLD AND I DON'T TH»NK WE 
WILLIE TROUBLED ANYMORE WITH 
BLACK BUBBLES OR MONSTERODS/ 




Later, at captain 

"rocket's" laboratory. . . 



WELL. THAT'S THAT, ARGO/ Wt'LL 
PUT THIS BELT IN MY VAULT AND 
KEEP IT FOR FUTURE USE / 



SO, IT WAS A REVENGE 
PLOT BY GORGO.EH ? 
WELL, EARTH WILL 
CERTAINLY THANK 

YOU, CAPTAIN "ROCKET" 
I'LL FLASH THE 



YES, CAPTAIN-- ANO 

WE CAN ALSO CLOSE 

THE FILE ON ONE, 

6OR6O AND HIS 
MONSTEROIDS/ 



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CAPTAIN ROCKET MEETS THE 



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rNSIDE the'Tiuge tileil laboratory, the solitary 
*• figure of Alan Campbell, better known as 
Captain Kocket, was bent intently over the dials 
of an electronic burner. On top of the burner was 
u huge copperite vat which contained radioactive 
saltine solution. This time the super-wizard of 
science was experimenting to extract the radio- 
active salts by evaporation. Its success would mean 
cheaper and better fuel for Earth's cargo space 
ships. 

Captain Kocket looked up from his work then. 
Deep lines of fatigue were etched in the young 
scientist's face. Sudden!) he fell a hit unsteady 
on his feet and a slight dizziness came over him. 
The usual brightness of his alert brown eyes was 
gone. "Whew!" he muttered, 'I'm about done in 
— almost as if . . ." His thought was cut short, 
as his gaze wandered to the deep black shadows, 
bordering the lab. Instantly, he saw them. 

Two yellow, glowing spots shone back at him. 
Thcj almost resembled a pair of eyes. Then he 
made out another pair; another, and another . . . 
Automatically, his hand dropped to his dis-gun. 
Who's there? Speak up, or I'll blast you into 
atomic dust !" 

The yellow disks seemed to grow brighter,* 
draw closer. Then, several man-shaped things dis- 
engaged themselves from the shadows and came 

slowly toward Captain Rocket. 

At first, there were onlv three of them, then 

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six, ten, twenty, lift v of ihciu stood before him. 
I hev were ugly green-skinned beings, with whit- 
ish niOttlingS. Kocket glanced at their webbed 
hitgers. pointed ears, and wide noses, and shud- 
dered at the sight of the sharp, black teeth pro- 
truding from bloodless lips. But it was the eyes, 
those great, orange-colored orbs, bulging and 
glowing in the gloom, that held him fascinated. 

Then one ol them, who was apparently the 
reader of these strange green men. spoke: "You 
will do nothing of the sort, Captain Kocket. We 
lu\e planned too long lor this moment." His eyes 
teemed to glow more strongly by the minute, as 
he held Captain Rocket's gaze. He wore an odd 






looking machine strapped to his back. Several 
antennae dangled from it. "We are called the 
Saturnian Mind Stealers/' continued the leader. 
"You will do exactly what I tell vou!" 

Captain Rocket's head began to swim crazily. 
His eyes blurred and went out of focus. He stared 
fixedly at those great sun-colored eyes. If only 
he could look away . . . But that was impossible. 
He had to look at them. His will power >eemed 
to ebb ind he found himself agreeing with the 
Saturnian leader. 'Exactly as you tell me, leader!" 
he echoed dully, all emotion gone from his voice. 

"Now you will instruct the Earth Council to 
receive me!" ordered the green man. 

As though in a dream. Rocket went to the 
telcvon-annunciator and called the Harth Council. 
"You will receive the Saturnian representative*/' 
was all he said. At first, there was disbelief, thcu 
doubt, but finally, the Council agreed. One word 
efrom super-scientist Captain Kocket was law ou 
Harth. 

'Thank you. Captain Kocket. You have just 
surrendered the planet harth to us. When we get 
there, the Council will have no other choice!" 
murmured the mocking green man. "Our owu 
planet is too small to hold our population. We 

shall go now, but I will leave one of my mcu 
to guard you. You will learn your fate later." 

Cupcuin Rocket could onlv nod. lie wjs power- 
less in mind or body to do anything else. He 
must comply with their every wish and demand. 
Suddenly, as the leader turned awas from him to 
summon a guard. Captain Rocket noticed some- 
thing d return of thought-powci. Consciousness 
had returned. It happened when the leader took 
those glowing eyes off him. 

But he rejoiced too soon, for in the next 
instant, the ugly, saucer-eyed guard held hiiu 
transfixed with a burning gaze. Captain Rocket's 
mind went blank once again. A memory wisp 
stayed within him, however, and if that chance 
should come again . . . 

Hours passed. The green guard kept uahng At 
Captain Kocket. But just a little after midnight, 



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Captain Rocket felt something. The impulse to 
look at those glaring yellow eves was not as 
strong as it had been! Faintly, he experienced 
some semblance of reason returning. There was 
something . . . Yes! That was it! 
The vat! 

The water was starting to come to a boil. Faint 
wisps of steam drifted into a haze within the 
room. Some of it passed between the green man 
tnd himself. The guard noticed none of this. 
Soon, the weam was billowing in (hick clouds. 
And the thicker the steam became, the more 
Captain Rocket could think! It was acting, he 
reasoned hazily, as a cloud acts when crossing the 
sun. The sun! There was something in those 
yellow glaring eyes that vaguely resembled the 
sun. 

Just then a thick cloud of vapor floated slowly 
between him and his captor. Ir was time to act! 
Like a madman he clawed at his dis-gun. The 
green guard saw the movement and lunged. With- 
out aiming, Captain Rocket triggered the weapon. 
Blue ravs Hashed from the muzzle, followed by 
the loud electric crackle. The guard toppled, then 
las still on the floor. Mis eyes remained open. 
But Captain Rocket knew that as long as they 
were not trained upon him, he was safe. 

His mind raced wildly. The resemblance in the 
e\es of the green men to the sun . . . Perhaps 
that was the clue to the situation. Quickly, he 
took the spectroscope from his vault, elevated the 
color hand \ iewer, and trained on ihe sellow 
eyes of the guurd. All the colors of the spectrum 
band appeared clearly on the screen. To the left, 
he found what he was looking foi. 

There was no doubt about it— ultra-\iolct 
rays! They glowed brightls, blindingly. Me 
looked at the intensity gauge. 'Fifty times norm! 
Angstrom unit* have been stepped up one hun- 
dred percent. There's enough heat and brilliance 
there to affect th brain's thought-center and 
paralyze it!" he muttered aloud. "Wait, that 
generator on the leader's back ... it probably 
steps up those units." Me made rapid calcula- 
tions, then hurried to the televon-annunciator, 
and buzzed the Farth Council. 

When the face of Varno, Farth Council leader 
glowed on the screen, Captain Rocket knew it was 
too late. Looking at the dull, listless eyes and the 
drooping jaw on the screen, he knew the green 
men had made good their threat. But Captain 
Rocket spoke anyway: "You will nor surrender 



to the green men. You will resist them. They are 
fakes . . ." He let his voice trail off and waited. 

Then the face of the green leader crowded the 
screen. The glaring eyes had no effect upon him 
now. "You're too late, Captain Rocket. Farth is 
already ours — and without even a fight!" 

"I have defeated your so-called power," replied 
Rocket. "Look, I have overcome your guard. 

Farth docs not surrender until Captain Rocket 
is dead!" 

The green leader's face fell. "Quickly," he 
hissed. "We return to Captain Rocket's laboratory 
at once!" The televon clicked off. 

Captain Rocket waited nervously and silently 
in the shadows of his laboratory, and in a little 
while, he heard the door open. The green leader, 
followed by many of his horde, entered. "Ho, 
Captain Rocket . , . come out! Hiding will do 
you no good." 

Captain Rocket stepped out of the shadows and 
faced the green leader. Me looked at him squarely, 
right in the eyes. "Look, I stare right at you, 
Saiurniun and 1 can still think clearly!" 

'Ihe green leader backed away, half in fright. 
"B-but those things covering your eyes — 1 have 
never seen them before! What are they?" 

Captain Rocket chuckled. The green men 
started to lunge toward him. In a flash, he had 
his puralvzer ray unholstered and sprayed the 
oncoming horde with its full force. They stopped, 
in their tracks and fell to the floor. Those not hit, 
mined in fright and fled out into the night. 

After they had gone, the televon buzzed 
sharply. It was the Farth Council leader, Varno. 
"They're gone. Captain Rocket. Something 
seemed to happen to them. They just wilted away. 
What did you do?" 

Caprfin Rocket laughed softly. "Saturnians 
have eyes with all the aspects of the sun, Varno. 
I learned that in the spectronscope. The leader 
was generating angstrom units in that gadget on 
his back . . . giving enough power to his men to 
destroy logical thinking , . ." 

"But they're gone!" Varno repeated. "I don't, 
understand! What drove them away?" 

Captain Rocket hesitated momentarily, then 
>pokr. "We can thank our ancestors, Varno, that 
Farth was saved by a very old-fashioned pair of 
SUNGLASSES, which filtered out the ultra- 
violet rays, enabling me to destroy the leader and 
that generator on his back!" 



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PIRATE OF THE 
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5JBBY. crSs E A d S A H r E T A H N ° MpSF 

LOOK, TUBBY, THAT ^ WHAT COULD HE BE 

POOR DEVIL CLINGING | DOING HERE 

TO THE SPACE WRECK// AT THE EDGE 

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SPACEMEN QARE ENTER 


/EH? SAY WHAT'S DOWN IN 


THIS SECTION OF SPACER 


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RADITE. AND BLUGOCD. ILL 
HEAVE TO ANO PICK UP 
THAT SPACEMAN TO SEE 
WHAT GIVES. 




THERE YOU ARE/ Y'THINK 
.SOMEONE'S PROCESSING 
THESE GUYS ILLEGALLY? 




THERE Y'ARE -. . . THE 
HULL SEAMS ARE 
SPLITTING, FALCON... 




Seconds later. . . 




hmmm. HE'S BEEN PROCESSED 
ALL RIGHT... WAIT/ HE'S 
POINTING TO SOMETHING ON 
THE HELMET. KNOCK IT OFF/ 




The metal seams cracked/ a large gaping 
hole opened and stiff, emotionless figures 

POUR IN... 




JUMPIN METEORS/y THEY RE POURING OUT 
ROBOTS/ r "^OF ANOTHER SHIP THAT^ 
^ ^LATCHED ONTO OUR OUT- 
)E HULL PLATES, AND 




BZZZT/ TAKE ONLY 



bOON, AS FALCON AND 
TUBBY REVIVE FROM THE 
PARAX BLAST . . . 




Later, after they have landed, the 
falcon and tubby search the planetary 
directory for the single name cassandra 
— then after hours of checking and 
re-checking different people. . . 



THIS IS THE LAST CASSANDRA, Y YEH, AND MY HEAD'S 
TUBBY. THIS HAS TO BE IT/ / GOIN* AROUND-- I 
010 YOU TAKE THAT NOXO f/ DON'T 6ET IT/ HEY, 

.PELLET I GAVE YOU ? J LOOK, NO ONE AT THE 

ENTRANCE/ 




Then, as falcon starts down. . . 



STRANGE LOOKING 
LAYOUT, I WONDER. . . 



Soon at the entrance . . 



SNAP ON THAT WRIST BAND 1 

GAVE YOU, AND WAIT OUTSIDE BY, 

THE JETMOBILE. I'M GOING DOWI 
THAT LADDER, PAL. 





AS, IN ANOTHER ROOM . . . hmmm. . . not a bad 

mmrrf* *ifiNAi thfrf" Y SPECIMEN, BUT BEFORE 

iT^nCHEOOH THE 7 ! £ T ° W0RK » HIM « l '° 

SSTSSiK "L/better check and sec if 

iSLm^/ f^l «WNE CAME W.TH HIM. . . HE 

SANDRA/ MAY BE POLICE/ 




AND,AB0VE, IN THE JETMOBILE. 



THERE, I'VE SWITCHED ON THE VIDEO- 
ATTUNED TO THAT WRIST BAND FALCON 
IS WEARING. . . WAIT/ THOSE CREEPS, 

GONNA GRAB HIM. .'. 




SO/ LOOKS LIKE A SHANG- 
HAI RACKET GOIN' ON HERE 
I'LL GO DOWN AND GIVE 
HIM A HAND. WHAT 




MO. MY FAT FRIEND. .. THAT KNOCKOUT, 
RAY'LL HOLO YOU/ BRING Ml 
BELOW, HEN t. 




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HMMM, 6000 THiNO I HfA"^ 
1*00 SOYS. THERE, HAVE A 
NICE TIME KNOCKING HZAQt I 







WHAT THE-- IM BEING DRAWN IN" 
THIS TUBE / I -I'M HELPLESS.. 




Down the dark shaft, the 
falcon plunges, brain reel- 
ing crazily, then . . . 



TUBBY/ THOUGHT 
YOU WERE ABOVE? 



I GOT TOO 

WISE, FALOON/ 
THAT SHE -SHANG- 
HAI ARTIST NABBED 
ME, TOO. GUESS WE'LL 
BE PROCESSED WITH 
THE OTHER SUCKERS/ 




Later, cassandra greets her biggest 

CUSTOMER.,, f 



PAH/ THE MEN YCJ SELL 



SO, YOU WANT MORE MEN, EKAMF DON'T LAST LONG. 



ROOGE ? YOU MUST BE HAUL- 
ING RAOITE ANO 6LUGOLD OUT 
BY THE TON. I'LL HAVE TO 
JACK THE PRICE 
UP. 



iCASSANORA. THE WHIRL* 
POOLS AND HIGH PRES- 
SURES KILL 'EM OFF 
TOO QUICKLY. 



BESIOES. ONE COT AWAY Oti 

me/ I'll give you ten 
thousano oolen for 
more right now. can 
you get me more? 



YES/ OY THE WAY, MY 
ROBONS CAUGHT THAT MISS 
INQ ONE . BUT COME, THE 

PROCESS ROOM IS READY. 



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THE PROCESS GOES. EH? J THE PRESSURE IS EOUAL- 

WrE A DEVIL. CASS f/SS ™ EM F0R ***. 

DEEP SPACE, BUT THEY VE 

BEEN IN LONG ENOUGH. TOO 

MUCH WILL KILL THEM / 




While inside the pressure 

CHAMBER. . . | 

DEPRESS THE SECOHD BUTTON, TUBBY. ■ 5 
THESE WRIST 8AND§ KEEP US IMMUNE FROM 
THE PRESSURE f_ 





FUNNY, ONLY HUMANS CAN \ AS DECOYS, TO LUKE 
WORK DOWN IN THAT OEEP {PROSPECTS HERE. ALSO 
SPACE. I TRIEO YOUR ROBONS|\ AS GUARDS ANO SUCH. 
BUT THEY WERE USELESS. 7 BUT THESE HELMETS 
WHAT DO YOU USE THEM ^/ HAVE THE SAME EFFECT 
FOR? _^-/AS ROBONS, FOR ONCE 

THEY'RE ON THE VICTIMS, THEY 
ANE YOURS TO CONTROL, 

RQGGE/ 





P5SST/ TUBBY. . .WE CAN TALK, 
BECAUSE THERE'S A MICRO-RADIO 
IN EACH WRIST BAND . . . LOOK, 
WE'VE GOTTA BREAK THE 
CONTACT NOW OR WE'RE 
OOOMEO. . 




DEPRESS THIRD BUTTON... 
KITANIC FORCE WILL BREAK 
COLLAR wtl.u . . 







NOW, THAT BLASTER WILL COME 
IN HANDY/ KNOCK OFF YOUR 
HELMET, TUBBY / QUICK MAN/ 




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THERE/ NOW, DON'T TRY TO RUN 
AWAY, MISS CA5SAN0RA/ OR 
YOU, ROOOEf 




AH, AGAINST THE PRESSURE 
CASE/ OUICK, TUBBY- -THE 
GRAPPLE RAY, . . 




AH HAH, A LITTLE TASTE OF 
THEIR OWN MEDICINE, EH 
FALCON? WE'LL SEE 
HOW THEY LIKE IT / 




Then, grapple rays darting, grabbing. , 



HELP/ WE'RE BEING DRAWN INTO 
THE PRESSURE CASE / WE'LL 
E PRESSURIZED / 





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TOO BAD, GIRLIE --BUT IT WON T 
KILL YOU. JUST EQUALIZE YOU DOWN 
TO YOUR REAL SHE. COME ON, 
TUBBY, GOTTA FREE THOSE 

VICTIMS / 




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WOW/ LOOKA 
ALL THAT COLD 
CASH, FALCON/ 
NICE .EH.? 



AH, GET YOUR 
GREEOY EYES OFF 
IT, TUB / THAT 
GOES TO MY FUND 
FOR THE POOR 
PEOPLE OF THE 
UNIVERSE ... SO, 

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THE VIDEO SIGNAL / 
EARTH IS CALLING US ON 
THE EMERGENCY WAVE 
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EARTH LEADER... 
WHAT IS SO 
URGENT? 




IT IS THE YEAR 2103 AND IN THE LONELY 
VOID OF THE STRATOSPHERE, A SINGLE GIRL 
WORKS FOR UNIVERSAL PEACE. SHE IS 
AURORA, LOVELY SCIENTIST OF THE PLANET 
JUPITER. HERE, IN HER DOMED LABORATORY 
RESIDES STRANGE LORE, MANY FACETS OF 
KNOWLEDGE OF THE OTHER WORLDS, WHICH 
WERE SUPPOSEDLY LOST IN THE GREAT 
ATOMIC UPHEAVAL OF 1980 A.D. BUT NOW IN 
THAT HAVEN OF TEST TUBES AND ELECTRI- 
CAL DEVICES . . . 



IT STARTED FOUR DAYS AGO-- IN OUTLYING SUBURBS. 
NOW THEY'VE COME INTO THE CITIES, EVEN THE 
CAPITOL/ WE'VE TAKEN PICTURES/ I'LL RUN THEM 
OFF FOR YOU. WATCH CLOSELY/ 




'Panic in our streets.. .people 'Death, wherever you go/ 
clawing each other to escape.." escape is hopeless, even at 



LET ME OUT 
OF HERE / 





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"Even our soldier's weapons 
were useless../ 




THE RAYS CO ^ NO USE/ V*Z 
RIGHT THROUGH] CAN'T STOP 
IT/ IT'S RAY J THAT TKIUMMI/ 

PROOr / J ESCAPE/ MMM 
s^-.„ ..^^^ TOR YOUR L!FE/ 




ThIS,AURORA...THIS HUGE 

ISTER IS CREATING THE TERROR. 
>UR WORLD IS IN COMPLETE CHAOS/* 




YOU HAVE SEEN IT, 
AURORA/ PLEASE HELP 
US/ EARTH 15 DOOMED. 

IF YOU DON'T COME/ 







Meanwhile, hovering about a 
mile above earth... 

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THE WHOLE OF 

EARTH/ IT MUST 

BE MINE-MINE/ 

HA HA/ I WILL SOON 



CONFUSION AND 
PANIC ON EARTH... 
WHAT MORE , TAL 
JAR ? YOUR PLAN 
WORKS/ 




FOR TOO LONG HAVE I PLANNED THIS 
ATTACK UPON EARTH/ EARTH, THE RICHEST 
PLANET IN ALL THE UNIVERSE SHALL BE 
MINE/ GET ME THE EARTH COUNCIL ON 
THE TELEVON AT ONCE/ X WISH TO SPEAK 
TO THE LEADERS / 



Then, in the council chamber, ■ he frantic ear 
leaders gather... 




HEAR ME .EARTH FOOLS/ YOU HAVE 
WITNESSED THE TERROR I CAN CAUSE 
— THE CONFUSION AND THE PANIC... 
SURRENDER NOW, OR I SHALL 
UNLEASH ALL MY DRAGONS, AND 
DESTROY THE EARTH/ $p 



IT IS TAL JAR OF 
KRYPTON/ ARE WE TO 
SURRENDER TO THESE 
FIEND-LIKE DOGS, 
OIL KURLAND? 



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MY COLLEAGUES/ OUR GUNS, OUR 
SOLDIERS ARE USELESS AGAINST 
THIS HORROR OF TAL JAR/ WE HAVE 
NO CHOICE BUT TO SURRENDER/ 
t WILL GO ALONE TO SEEK TERMS 
WITH HIM/ _ 



Zooming earthward is 
aurora... | 



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THIS HORROR 
EARTH PUZZLES ME, YET, I 
MUST KNOW ONE MORE THING 
ABOUT IT...AH, I APPROACH A 

LANDING FIELD/ 




Then, deactivating the 
impulso rs...| 

' EVERYTHING 

IS ONE MASS OF WRECKAGE. THOSE 
PEOPLE—THEY'RE SO STIFF AND 
STRAIGHT... WONDER WHAT'S 

WRONfi WITH THEM? 



Brief seoonds later. 
aurora takes a closer 

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WHY THEY'RE 
PARALYZED WITH FEAR/ WHAT 
EVER THIS HORROR IS, IT LEFT 
THEM IN A STATE OF SHOCK. I 
MUST SNAP THEM OUT 




THERE/ THAT ANTI-HYSTERIA GAS 

BOMB SHOULD BRINO THEM OUT Or 

THEIR PETRIFIED STATE IN A 

MATTER OF SECONDS/ 




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YOU'VE EXPERIENCED 
FEAR PARALYSIS, 
FRIENDS-- I AM 
AURORA OF JUPITER. 
I'M HERE TO HELP YOU. 
YOU MUST TELL ME 
ABOUT THIS HORROR 

AND WHAT EVIL 
IT HAS DONE / 




IT SEEMED LIKE A 
NIGHTMARE --THAT BIG 
MONSTER... N0THIN6 

COULD STOP IT / 



YES... IT SEEMED 

VGO RIGHT THROUGH 
BUILDINGS AND MATE- 
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FIT IN WITH MY OWN SUSPICIONS ABOUT THOSE 
LIZARDONS/ I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT SINCE 

KURLAND CONTACTED ME, NOW I'M SURE/ 
I'VE GOT JUST ONE CHANCE . . . 



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AR RIVES... 



I SURRENDER MY LEADER- 
SHIP TO YOU, TAL JAR --TO 
SAVE EARTH FROM ANY 
MORE DESTRUCTION I 



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NOT ENOUGH, EARTHLING / 
YOU WILL ANNOUNCE THIS ON 
THE TELEVON TO ALL THE 
PEOPLES OF EARTH ... THAT 
I AM THE NEW LEADER AND 
SOLE EMPEROR OF 
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...AND SO, MY PEOPLE OF EARTH, 
IT IS WITH GREAT DISHONOR AND 
HUMILITY THAT I SURRENDER 
YOUR PLANET TO TAL JAR AND 
HIS BEAST HORDES. . . 



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FOOL/ 

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w£e ship- the genius of 
jupiter makes hasty pre- 
parations, fighting against 

TIME... 




EARTH IS LOST "\THE FOOL/ WHY 
ALREADY, AURORA/) DID HE NOT WAIT 
KURLAND HAS 
JUST SURREN- 
DERED AND 
INSTRUCTED 

EVERYONE 

ELSE TO DO 

LIKEWISE / 




ATTENTWN, EARTH, ATTENTION f 
YOUR LEADER HAS OR0ERED YOU 
TO SURRENDER I. AURORA, or 
JUPITER, ORDER YOU NOT TO 
SURRENDER / TO YOU, TAL JAR, 
I, AURORA OFJUPfTER, DEFY YOU 
AND YOUR INVINCIBLE BEAST 
HORDES... 




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Instantly, a roar of powerful jets, as 
u rora's ship zoo ms,.,/ 

BUT A DIRECT CHALLENGE HE 



TO TAL JAR, AURORA 

YOU MUST BE MAD / 



YES, ILL BE MAD IF 
DOESN'T DO WHAT I 

EXPECT HIM TO DO. HEAD 
FOR BEARING 8Z , 4X 
ACCILIVATE IMPULSORS 
--•FULL FORCE / 




AS TAL JAR PREPARES TO MEET THE CHAL- 
LENGE OF A URORA... 

THAT JUPITBR WOMAN/ I'LL SHOW HER / \ AYEJ 
THE PROJECTOR RAY, QUICKLY, NOW / 'J MASTER/ 

1 WILL SHOW THESE FOOL EARTHLINGS 
WHO IS MASTER / STEP UP RAY TO 




That moment seemed to bring impending 

DOOM... 




Once again panic rages, but this time, 
speeding toward the terrible li2ard0ns. 

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ALTER COURSE TO Z'Y 
HOLD IT STEADY/ DO NOT 
VARY COURSE, OR ALL IS 

LOST/ STEADY ON 
TARGET PILOT/ 



THERE THEY ARE-- RIGHT INLINE WITH MY 
SIGHTS/ LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENES WHEN WE 
TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS/ NOW WE'LL 

LEARN IF I'M RIGHT OR WRONG/ 



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split ano shatter under aurora's ray can- 
non... slowly. the terrifying beasts began 
to vaporize and disappear... 



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Then suddenly, as if by magic the panic subsided. | Blaring from "mE spacer^ 



LOOK, THE LIZAROONS V THEY'RE 
..THEY ARE DISINTE-j DISAPPEARING/ 
GRATING / IT'S A <f VANISHING INTO 
MIRACLE/ p-^** THIN AIR.,. 





THE DRAGONS ARE FINISHED/ ONLY THE EVIL 
TAL JAR REMAINS... GET TO YOUR SPACE 
FIGHTERS/ DESTROY HIM WHO WISHED 

TO MAKE lOU ANO YOUR PEOPLE HIS 

SLAVES / 




Meanwhile, tal jar has over- 
heard aurora's proclamation 

TO EARTH. . . | 



SO/ AURORA HAS 

LEARNED THE SECRET OF MY LIZAR 
DONS, EH? WELL, I'VE STILL A 
A TRUMP CARD/ BRING KURLANO, 
THE EARTHLING, TO ME AT ONCE / 




YOU KNOW WHAT y~ YO^VE ^ 
HAS HAPPENED ? J TAKEN EVERY- 
YOUR PRECIOUS (THING ELSE, 
AURORA HAS RUIN-A BEAST--WHAT 

ED EVERYTHING/ JdOES MY 
AND FOR THAT LIFE MEAN 

YOU DIE, KURLANO *"N NOW? 
I SHALL KILL YOU/ 



BRAVE TALK, EAHTH WAIT, TAL 

FOOL/ LET US SEE /JAR/ LOOK / 

ROCKET SHIPS 
OIVE TOWARD US/ 
EARTH'S AIR 
FORCE IS 
ATTACKING US 
FROM ALL SIDES/ 







AS OUTSIDE , THE BRAVE FLEET 
BLASTS AT TAL JAR S HUGE 
DISK OF TERROR... 




While... 



LOST/ EVERYTHING 
IS LOST/ MY MEN 
OROPP1NG LIKE LEAVES/ OUR ONLY 
WEAPON WAS THOSE LIZARDONS 
TO SPREAO TERROR . I MUST 
ESCAPE IN THE ROCKET RAFT... 



BLAST THAT AURORA/ BUT 
EARTH SHALL NOT FORGET ME, 
FOR I SHALL BE BACK WITH NEWER 
AND GREATER WEAPONS / THERE, 
I AM OFF.. . 




The tube shoots out, but as it arcs away 
from the mother disk... 



BULLSEYE, ^ ...AND THAT'S THE END OF TAL JAR. 

AURORA / YOU'VE , PILOT/ CIRCLE BACK TO THE 
HIT IT/ r^C CAPITOL CITY / 




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YOU MEAN THE V LIGHT, KURLAND ... PURE COLORED 
LIZARDONS WERE \UGHT, PROJECTED WITH HIS MA- 
NOT REAL.AURORA?) CHINE. I SUSPECTED THAT, AFTER 
WHAT WERE <-**^ A LITTLE INVESTIGATION. ANO 
THEY ? ^ CONSTRUCTED A BLACK L1CHT 

GUN TO COUNTERACT THE 
IMAGES THE PEOPLE SAW / 




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LATER, WHEN THE EXOITEMEN 

SUBSIDED. . . ! 

ENOUGH, KUR LAND/ I 
EARTH OWES EVERYTHING TO I HAVE DONE MY DUTY, 
YOU, AURORA — OUR LIVES, J NOTHING MORE/ IF X HAD 
OUR VERY EXISTENCE...^ NOT DISCOVERED THAT 

TAL JAR WAS USING A MICRO- 
LIGHT PROJECTOR, YOU 
WOULD ALL BE DOOMED BY 

NOW/